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Spring is felt in different ways, with different meanings in animal habitats throughout North America. From the melting snow of Washington, ME to the blooming desert flowers of Green Valley, AZ – spring has sprung all across the country. Read about some of the locations our teams will be exploring during American Spring LIVE.

Three Rivers, California

Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park. Photo by Bob Wick.

Nestled in the foothills of Sierra Nevada at the edge of the San Joaquin Valley, this town is near the entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Three Rivers will also serve as the base of operations for our hosts, and will be the first location shared from the American Spring LIVE broadcast.

Custer State Park, South Dakota

Custer State Park.

Located in the Black Hills mountain range of the Great Plains, Custer State Park was established in 1912 as 16 sections, but challenges to the land merged them into one block. The park grew rapidly in 1920 thanks to the Civilian Conservation Corps program, and now occupies 71,000 acres of protected land. President Calvin Coolidge made it his “summer White House” during his time in office, and this spring PBS stops by show what the changing seasons mean for its abundant bison population.

Mad Island Marsh Preserve, Texas

Whooping Cranes in marsh in Texas. Photo by John Noll.

With 7,200 acres of fresh, intermediate, brackish and saline marshlands, the Mad Island Wildlife Management Area was created in 1987 to preserve coastal wetland habitats for wintering waterfowl. While this beautiful conservation project offers seasonal guided tours for any visitors, join us during the broadcast for a very special tour of the songbirds native to this region.

The Florida Everglades

Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Another stop in amphibious habitats for the American Spring LIVE crew brings them to the southern tip of Florida’s peninsula in search of American alligators and the nesting birds that live with them. Rapid development in the area and concern from local conservationists led to the passing of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. It aims to save the delicate ecosystem full of life across 1.5 million acres in one of the warmest spring environment in the country.

Oakland, Maryland

A bear’s den near New Salem, MA.

In the American Northeast, spring is a welcomed change and celebration of harsh winter’s end.  Our team will follow Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant as she checks up on a family of bears leaving hibernation; tracking how far they have ventured from their den and what the primary food source for the cubs has become. We will learn about the health of the ecosystem and the bear families throughout it.

Coastal Marin County, California

Coastal Marin County as seen from Chimney Rock. Photo by Frank Schulenburg.

Hailed as having the cleanest beaches in California in 2010, Coastal Marin County is also home to a variety of land, sea, and sky dwelling animals. The team stops by on our last day to explore the habits of bobcats who call this region home.

Spring is rebirth in nature happening across the country and American Spring LIVE wants to give you exclusive insights into what that looks like for all kinds of ecosystems. Other areas our team will be studying include: Sequoia National Park, Mt. Lemmon, AZ, Bracken Cave Preserve, Cibolo Nature Center, Balboa Park, Locustville, VA, Brownsville, TX, Voyageurs National Park, Gainesville, FL, and San Francisco, CA.

So much of the work on NATURE, and specifically on our American Spring LIVE broadcast is made possible by our partnerships with national parks and conservatories. These national resources are monumentally important in providing access to environmental education and the experiences of American Wildlife.

Features
 Citizen Science Story: Bird Cams Lab
Clip | Citizen Science Story: Bird Cams Lab
American Spring LIVE - Behind the Scenes
Pre-show Special
Spring Flowers
Viewer Spring Flower Photos
American Spring LIVE - Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Lamb Birth
Clip | Watch a Lamb Being Born
Bear Cubs
Clip | Bear Cub Check Up
That’s Not A Bee! Unusual Pollinator Species
That’s Not A Bee! Unusual Pollinator Species
Yellow Butterfly
How to Garden for Butterfly Life Cycles
 Contributors Showcasing the Science of Spring
Contributors Showcasing the Science of Spring
Wolf at Rest
America’s Best Idea at Work: 45 Years of Wolf Science and Conservation in Voyageurs National Park, MN
Rainy Springs Bring Disaster for Nesting Tree Swallows
Rainy Springs Bring Disaster for Nesting Tree Swallows
Baby Lamb
Clip | Watch a Baby Lamb Take Its First Steps
Living With The Enemy – How Some Birds Keep their Young Safe
Living With The Enemy – How Some Birds Keep their Young Safe
American Spring LIVE – Behind the Scenes
American Spring LIVE – Behind the Scenes
American Spring LIVE - Partners
Station Partners
Shadows
Shadow Season
Pete Marra on Migrating Birds
Facebook Live with Peter Marra
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Milkweeds and Monarchs 101
Giant Sequoia
Clip | Sequoia Fun Facts
 Episode 1: Birth and Rebirth Preview
Full Episode | American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth
FB Live with Dr Rae Wynn Grant
Facebook Live with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant
Meet Phil Torres – Field Biologist, American Spring LIVE
Meet Phil Torres – Field Biologist, American Spring LIVE
Mustard Seed Flowers
Clip | 6 Facts to Show Your Spring Savvy
Thor Hanson
Meet Thor Hanson – Science Correspondent, American Spring LIVE
Spring Bird
Spring Birdsong Playlist
Sheep from Meadowcroft Farm
Clip | Meet Nanne Kennedy & Her Sheep
Measuring and tagging a bear
For Scientists, Tag is a Serious Game
Time Lapse of Winter to Spring
Clip | Spring Time-lapse
 Facebook Live with Voyageurs Wolf Project
Facebook Live with Voyageurs Wolf Project
Monarch Butterfly
How to Give Monarch Butterflies a Head-Start This Spring
Citizen Science - SciStarter
Citizens, Start Your Science!
Inside Look: American Spring LIVE
Clip | Inside Look
Sounds of Spring Spotify Playlist
Sounds of Spring – Our American Spring LIVE Playlist
American Spring LIVE Homepage
American Spring LIVE Homepage
 About
Full Episode | American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth